Arusha Campus News – 24 Sep 2023

UWC East Africa Arusha Campus Newsletter Sunday 24th September 2023

UWC Day is the annual global celebration of the UWC mission and values, which takes place on 21 September every year, to coincide with the UN International Day of Peace. Each year, UWC Day is celebrated by thousands of people worldwide, including students and staff at UWC schools and colleges, national committees, UWC alumni and friends.

UWC Day is a moment to celebrate the strength and diversity of the UWC movement and our mission for a more peaceful and sustainable future through connecting and mobilising UWCers globally.

Upcoming dates

Mon 25th September – MYP MAP Testing starts

Tue 26th-Wed 27th September – Arusha in Perspective Art Exhibition by UWC East Africa students at Gran Melia Hotel 10am-6pm

Thu 28th September – MAULID DAY : School Closed

Fri 29th September – 24 Hour Run

Tue 3rd October – MYP 3-way Conferences

Wed 4th October – PYP 3-way Conferences

Dear Parents

I hope everyone has enjoyed a pleasant weekend. The cancellation of the Rotary Triathlon was a bit of a blow to everyone looking forward to this annual event. It was decided to cancel the event and seek a date when there wasn’t as much going in the way of sport in the community. This weekend, Mr Adam and I took 5 teams to St Jude’s Scool to play basketball and football. In sweltering heat, the standout performance was probably the U19 Boys’ 7-0 win over Arusha Meru. A one-sided affair and an opportune reminder that sportsmanship, particularly in the face of emphatic victories such as this one on Saturday, is inextricably linked to our UWC Mission. Seeking peace and quashing conflict can start on the football pitch and when your opponents are feeling as down as they possibly can, then the first thing to do is to pick them up and congratulate them on the game and thank them for making a competition of it.

Our overseas order arrived this week. The container arrived full of precious items that have been procured in Europe and USA. Our policy as a school is to buy as much as we can locally and whenever we can, we buy Tanzanian products. Some items, however, do come from overseas and so we will now start the process of inventorising what we have received and distributing the supplies into the classrooms.

Finally, please note that Thursday 28th September is a public holiday in Tanzania and so the school will be closed on that day.

Have a pleasant week.


PYP News

Celebrating UWC day with stations about the UN sustainability goals no hunger, gender equality, good health and well being, clean water, clean energy and responsible consumption

P2 – P6 have been celebrating their learning for their first units. P2 celebrated with their parents and shared their art and language work. P3-4 created maps and made treasure for their P1 buddies. The P4/5 class visited Fun Retreat to learn how to relax! P6 will showcase their work during next week’s share time. What a great variety of celebrations!


This week (see pictures above), Early Childhood made the long walk to Sable Square to visit our neighbourhood shopping centre. Once there, they shopped from a shopping list, ate their snack and played on the Smiley’s playground.

UWC East Africa Talent Show

Last Friday, our Diploma Students (above) had the chance to showcase their incredible talents during the much-anticipated event, “Arusha’s Got Talent.” The performances were a delightful mix of awe-inspiring voices that tugged at our heartstrings, mesmerizing dance routines, and delightful surprises that brought smiles to all in attendance.

Ronald, Performing Arts

PYP have a sand castle building competition!

On Friday, with the Performance Area being used by some organisation called Harvard University, the real business was taking place in the sandpits of the PYP playground. A competition, between the three houses, to see who could build a sand castle! See images above. Well, the unsurprising news was that they all could and everyone had lots of fun!

The Boma Cup 2023

What a weekend it has been for the Residential Students!

A beautiful start to the weekend on Friday evening with an amazing talent show where both D1s and D2s performed amazingly. What an entertaining event and well done to Erlinda and her team for putting up such an organised perfromance.

And then to the Boma Cup

This morning, we held our now famous Boma Cup. This time, Acacia vs Baobab vs Jacaranda played frisbee and football. Well done Boabab for bringing the cup back home. 🏆

And well done also to Jaca and Acacia for the great spirit on the field. Here above, is a photo of the Jacaranda team who decided to get their pink outfits on for the event! Despite not winning, beautiful smiles and such an amazing spirit shown in and out of the field!

Well done everyone.

Miss Coralie

Language Competition – PLEASE ENTER! DEADLINE IS Monday 25th September

This year the school has signed up for a language competition which starts off as a school competition and then the winners from that will be put forward for the global part of the competition. This means you will be competing against other students from schools all over the world.

The competition is open to all age groups from 7-18 years old. The competition is based on you performing a poem in a language which is NOT your mother tongue.

You have the choice of English, Welsh, French, Spanish, Italian, German, or Mandarin.

We give you a choice of poems to use but can also consider your own find. You will perform this poem on video and you will be judged on your pronunciation, delivery and general effort!
There is also an Art category to this competition which involves picking one of the poems provided and creating a visual image of the poem. No digital art work is allowed and it is to be submitted as a drawing/painting/poster. The competition will assess you on your understanding of the poem as well as creativity. This art work will be published in an E-book but prizes will also be given out.

Prizes for both competitions include a certificate for all participants and vouchers/books/other prizes for winners.

If this sounds interesting to you (I’m hoping for LOTS of interest!) then please complete the google form sent out to all students or email me directly –

The website also gives you lots of information – Poesia

Hope to see lots of students sign up! The deadline is 25/09/23.’


The 24-hour run is BACK!

Hello everyone!
Start tying your shoes, because the countdown for the 24-hour run already started!

With just 2 weeks left, your organizing team keeps working at full speed to make the 24-hour run as memorable as possible. But the run is not only a fun event, it’s also our occasion to raise funds for one (hopefully two) full scholarships. Don’t forget to sign up to a team and (if you can) donate and share.

Before coming to the event make sure you have:

Money for super nice food and drinks available on campus (all proceeds go to scholarship fund)
Head lamp
Illuminati round: Other illumination such as fairy lights
Sun cream
Hoodie, blanket (you can sleep anywhere: this night all senior dorms are locked)
Walking shoes
Flip-flops or slides to give your poor feet a break
Autograph round: Marker pen (for autograph round to sign one another’s shirts or bodies) Autograph round: A plain bright t shirt for autograph round to be signed
80s round: 80s camp clothing items
DIY round: Do it-yourself costume items (aluminum foil, cardboard straight jacket, etc) Prince(ss) round 1 respectively 2: outfit as dream prince(ss) -am version- and shady
prince(ss) of darkness -pm version-
Superhero round 1 and 2 respectively: outfit as Superhero -am- and outfit as Supervillain
Musical chairs round:
Bring your favourite camping chair or stool, tripod
Clippers/shaving equipment!
one plastic bottle for the water lap (make sure you recycle it at the end)
By the way, there are gonna be prizes for best outfit!

Arusha ambassadors for 24-Hour run 2023

Counselor Corner

Another Fabulous Week of Visits

This week was enriched by three wonderful visits for our students and local parents (see montage above) . First on Saturday, we welcomed five Davis UWC Scholar Partner Institutions to campus (Carleton College, Lake Forest College, Smith College, Tufts University, and Vassar College). Then on Monday, St. Lawrence University was on campus to provide a presentation to students, participate in an informational coffee/tea with parents, and caught up with an alumna here on campus. The conversations with each group were open and filled with nuggets of information to consider in preparation for Application Season. Finally on Friday, we once again welcomed students from other international schools in Arusha to help us host Harvard College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University who were back in Tanzania for the first time in many years. Each of the very experienced representatives shared their wisdom with students, as well as answered their probing questions well into lunch time. I can’t stress enough how valuable these in-person visits are to better understanding options and the application process directly from the individuals who read applications and are a part of the decision making process.

D2 Parent Meeting

I hope you marked your calendar for the D2 Parent meeting now taking place on Wednesday where we will talk with you about how to support your child through the application process. Please note the date change due to the National Holiday. We look forward to seeing you and working together to ensure your student has a smooth and rewarding application process, whenever it takes place.

D2 Parents: Supporting Your Child Through the 2023-2024 Application Cycle
27 September at 7:30 PM EAT (DATE CHANGE DUE TO HOLIDAY)
Link to join:
Meeting ID: 868 7347 2987
Passcode: 545686

Take a look at other events coming your way…

UPCOMING College and University Events

26 September: 4:00-5:00 PM Mandatory session for Early Applicants (Deadlines between now and December break) in the Library Annex
27 September: 2:00 PM EAT Studying at Highly Selective Institutions in the U.K., U.S., and Canada. Virtual presentation, but must register in advance. (Also, at 1:00 AM on 28 September, see link on the UWCEA Career site.)
27 September: 7:00 PM UK Time Virtual event for parents on preparing your student for medical school (free event sponsored by InvestIn)
Link to register:
27 September: 7:30 PM EAT – D2 Parent Presentation regarding Supporting Your Child Through the 2023-2024 Application Cycle (virtual)
28 September: 2:00-3:00 PM – Vanderbilt University. One of our newest Davis UWC Scholar Partner institutions.
3 October: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Seven Davis UWC Scholar Partner Institutions (+1 friend) – Concordia, Davidson, Earlham, St. John’s, St. Olaf, University of St. Thomas, Wartburg, and Whitman. Presentations and mini-fair.
7 October: 7:30-11:00 AM EAT SAT exam not available on Moshi campus (See for more information)

15 October: 4:45-6:00 PM EAT 15 on the 15th: US Liberal Arts Colleges Presentation and mini-virtual fair. October focus: US Holistic Admissions
Link to register for these events:
Stay engaged as you gather information from a wide array of sources to make the best decision when the time comes.

Cassandra Ford
College and Career Counselor

Project Week Exhibition

During the Project week, 6 young Students of UWCEA Arusha Campus travelled around diverse places of Northern Tanzania with one aim: to know a side of Arusha that usually is not conveyed on the Internet or social media. This exhibition is the result of a young perspective over Arusha ‘ s nature, an expression of their thoughts, and a sample of what they saw around Arusha region.